Imperial Palace in Tokyo (Kokyo), formerly called Edo Castle, is located in the district of Chiyoda in downtown Tokyo. After the Meiji Restoration and the eviction of the shoguns, the Imperial Palace in Tokyo has migrated from Kyoto to Tokyo on the site of Edo Castle which was built in 1457, from 1603 to 1867 , the Imperial Palace in Tokyo was the political center of Japan's shoguns Tukagawa, but in 1868 the imperial family was used as a dwelling royal at the beginning of the Meiji Imperial Palace was known as the Castle of Tokyo, from 1888 to 1948 he was appointed KYUJO (Castle Palace), and since the Second World War he was known as the Imperial Palace and Imperial Palace.
Tokyo Imperial Palace covers an area of 3.41 km ² and is the pure traditional Japanese architecture, it is known by the beautiful gardens that surround it, and its steel structure and its high roof built according to the rules of traditional Japanese architecture. The Imperial Palace in Tokyo offers a nice quiet ride, with its moat that isolate the Kokyo the rest of the city and its magnificent gardens, including gardens east Kokyo Higashi Gyoen that are accessible to the public. The Imperial Palace of Tokyo is divided into three islands connected by many bridges: the first being the garden outside Kokyo (Kokyogaien), the second: Is the Garden ( Kokyo Higashi Gyoen) and the third block includes the Imperial Palace Park (Fukiage Omiya Palace, which was called Fukiage Palace since the Edo period and was renamed Fukiage Omiya Palace in 1989 and the National Garden Ninomaru.
Imperial Palace in Tokyo was completely bombed during the Second World War (1944-1945) and rebuilt by the Takenaka Corporation in the same steel and concrete in October 1968, with two floors above ground and one floor underground.
The seat of the Imperial House (the Kyuden Totei Plaza) is located in the old wall Nishinomaru of Edo Castle. The Plaza Kyuden Totei this place of ceremonies and the administration of the Emperor and the Fukiage Palace had the residence of the emperor. The Matsu-no-Ma is the throne room. The complex covers a total area of 22,949 square meters, consists of seven who goest: Seiden is the main building, the Banquet Hall Homeiden the Chowaden Reception room, the dining room Rensui, Chigusa Chidori room was the place of entertainment for the imperial family (drawing, game, ...), the office work of the Emperor, Chigusa-no-Ma and Chidori-no-Ma.
Gardens East Kokyo Higashi Gyoen home to the Museum Collections of Imperial Sannomaru Shozokan (Sannomaru Shozokan was established in 1993 and 6000 preserves works of art belonging to the imperial family) and the Imperial Palace Park Fukiage includes the famous Budo Hall, built for the Olympic Games in 1964.
Palais Imperial Palace includes the Three Shrines (also called Kyuchusanden) Kashikodokoro, Koreiden and Shinden, who played a religious role in religious ceremonies imperial é also in wedding ceremonies and coronations.
Most of the Imperial Palace is closed to the public, the Agency imperial''Agency of the imperial family''or''Kunaicho''is a Japanese government agency responsible for administrative management of the Imperial Palace organizes guided tours. The gateway to the public is Nakamon (the inner door to Kyuden Totei Plaza). The interior of the Imperial Palace is open to the public only two days a year, the birthday of Emperor (currently 23 December) and January 2 of each year (in the New Year). The Palace Gardens are often publicly available. The Tokyo Imperial Palace is 10 minutes walk from the Tokyo subway station, it is also located near the Japanese parliament and ministries.